A Lovely Visit to Old Florida at Buzz’s Lighthouse
Buzz’s Lighthouse (BL) is a restaurant in Naples, Florida that opened in 1980, and is still family run by some of the original owners. I am sure little has changed here since then, both in ambiance and menu selection. In my mind, Old Florida cuisine is peppered with things like grouper, key lime pie and Florida stone crab. The Menu has all of this and more.
The interior of the restaurant is unique and is a time capsule from when the restaurant first opened. Should you decide to dine outdoors, there is plenty of shade and wonderful views of Vanderbilt Bay.
DC ordered a piece of broiled grouper on salad greens. What fish is more representative of Florida than grouper? DC’s choice was a very healthy piece of grouper on salad greens with a balsamic vinaigrette, the greens a substitute for bread. This looked delicious which DC confirmed.
This was a wonderful take on a corned beef reuben, with coleslaw, white American cheese and thousand island dressing served on toasted rye bread. What was really good about this sandwich was that is was made properly, with buttered rye bread that was toasted in a skillet. If you’re on a diet, forget about it if ordering!
I came back a second time to try a non-seafood item, the Philly cheese steak. This was a delicious sandwich made in a most traditional way and almost guaranteed to satisfy a Philly cheese steak lover. A very generous portion of chipped top round, sauteed onions and cheese grace the inside of a soft hoagie roll. It comes with chips but one can upgrade to fries for a minimal charge. This is not necessary as the sandwich alone is almost enough for two.
BL is unique in Naples and is literally a walk back in time to 1980. The food is simple but excellent, reflective of Old Florida cuisine that seems to be rapidly disappearing. The views from the outside deck are pleasant, the prices reasonable and the service good.
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